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Fire on the Mound

By WilliamJMeyer All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Fantasy

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One thousand years ago... Mtilan, the Unborn King, pledged his life to Legion, the fallen spirit from beyond the veil of time. Through dark and forbidden magic the broken man gained both immortality and incredible power – but lost his soul. Over a millennium later Pekra and his sister Lely race to find the mythical cottonwood tree and protect it from Mtilan and his master Legion – but to succeed they must first befriend their father’s killer – a former knight simply called Fool. Through tragedy and despair the siblings journey across a perilous island full of mystery and legend. And at the cradle of the world Pekra must face his greatest challenge – can he learn forgiveness?

Baalath and the Stair

The first distant rays of the sun tentatively breached Hirambim’s crest, and Baalath Salathiel discovered to his relief that the valley was not teeming with the Unborn.

They had all been slain. Baalath navigated carefully between their rotting carcasses, scorning them beneath trembling lips. Their thin arms extended at peculiar angles, strained in torment. Their shallow eyes were fixed on the next world.

Still, he thought they watched him.

No one hindered him on his approach. No one greeted Baalath as he cautiously entered the keep. An empty throne room echoed his steps. He held out his aged hand before him, twisting it as though it belonged to some other. Baalath examined the pronounced veins carefully. He considered his failing strength. “How did every object of my love come to fear me, in life and in death?”

A smattering of gray mongrels feasted beside the vacant throne, tearing guardedly at the stringy remains of an unknowable shell.

“Was that a man? Or one of the wretched Forlorn, now serving a greater purpose in second death?” and at the thought a mongrel turned to growl, covetous of the shreds of meat that hung limply between its fangs.
Baalath took a step back.

The beast resumed its repast.

Baalath craned his neck, knowing that he must mount in dread the very stair that once lead only to bliss.

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